Thursday, November 01, 2012
What you looked like in the past isn't all that important -- except when you're looking back through an old photo book and reminiscing. How you look and feel today is what counts!
Although this picture was very recent and the top one was over 2 years ago ..... it does not show the difference in weight.
My weight has always been well distributed, and I have a wide back and strong legs -- both assets I am thankful for. They have enabled me to carry around about 20 pounds of weight without looking like a big blimp. When you are only 5'2" every pound counts. The main difference I can see in myself as I get dressed is that now I can comfortably tuck in my shirts -- and still look great. I can remember when I first gained weight at age 50 I started wearing my shirts on the outside. Of course doing that does not "hide" your stomach, but at least it doesn't "emphasize" it. That was my aim -- I was not trying to fool myself or my friends, I just wanted to look as good as possible. Thankfully, the long full dresses were popular during many of my "fat" years (up to 162) and that hid a multitude of sins.
Now, at 136.4 I'm back to slim-fitting jeans, and if I want to look nicer going out to dinner or somewhere I have no problem tucking in a T-shirt or blouse. And of course dresses are more appealing also -- looking in the mirror will tell you that.
Looking at the two photos I chose to post I didn't stop to think that even on my "recent" photo I still wore my shirt on the outside. Old habits are hard to break. lol -- and mainly, the fact that I can tuck them in just occurred to me last night as I was dressing to go out to dinner with DH. I had chosen a pair of pants that I hadn't worn in a long time, and I tucked my sweater type of blouse in. The effect was good; and I looked better in those pants than I had in years!!
Friday, October 26, 2012
You took one bite of your husband's donut -- you didn't write it on your tracker because it was "just one bite."
You forgot to weigh in this morning, but the scale was good yesterday, so it probably is still good. Hmmmmm! Positive thinking is great, but only when it's true.
Friends all ordered pizza for lunch -- you brought your "healthy" lunch, but when they offered you a piece you ate it. One piece couldn't be too bad, could it?
I meant to walk during my lunch, but got busy with phone calls instead. Now I could go for a walk, but my favorite show is on TV. Skipping once won't hurt.
As I drank a glass of water while taking my bedtime pills I realized I probably had only drank about 4 glasses of water today. Tomorrow I'll have to do better.
If any of the above sounds like it fits you to a T -- maybe you'd better get out the tape measure and see how things really measure up! Bites count -- even if you don't write them down!
It's very easy to fall into any one of the situations listed above, and maybe one won't hurt you, but if they start to be a habit -- you'll be losing the battle and won't even know why.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I bless the day I first found SparkPeople, guess it was back in December 2007. It has helped me in so many ways, not the least of which happens to be losing ~25 pounds. I have learned an enormous amount of facts about food, exercise and general well-being!
I have more friends (although they are "virtual") than I've had in my entire life. Some of them I have gotten so close to we have exchanged personal email addresses. Friendship is a wonderful thing when you are on a journey -- a journey that is going to have it's share of slipping and sliding and sometimes, falling completely off the road. There is always a hand extended from one of those friends to help pull you out of the ditch and get you back on track!
And with all the Teams that are on Spark you are sure to find several that are just the right fit for you. If not -- make your own Team. I've always loved being a "Leader" so it was natural for me to create teams that fit my interests in life. And through them I've met so many really amazing people.
The recipes were the first thing that caught my interest. I've made up a whole cookbook of just Spark recipes. I try them, and if I like them, they go in my book. It's a notebook so more pages can be added easily -- and it's a joy to know that all of them are going to enhance my health.
Who wouldn't love the trackers that are offered on this wonderful site. At a glance you can see just where you made good or bad choices, as you look over the entries you have made for the day as you track your food. Sodium is a sneaky little character, and it's surprising how quickly those grams can add up. Sugar, salt and fat -- it's what we all crave, and what we have to be so careful of in our food plans (did you notice, I don't like the word "diet").
Challenges are fun! Even if it is filling in a city from A-Z, or a food/drink or a serious challenge of losing a certain amount of pounds within a time frame. Exercise your mind, it's a good way to keep Al at bay (that's short for Alzheimer's). This wonderful site is full of goodies for all ages, whether you be male or female. And if you happen to enjoy writing you can blog, each and every day if you like. That's another place the "friends" come in -- they read them and make comments.
SparkPeople really is
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